Approved Minutes of April 18, 2018

WEST GENESEE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018

MINUTES of the REGULAR MEETING of the BOARD OF EDUCATION held APRIL 18, 2018 at the West Genesee High School Library.

Members present:

Eric Bacon
Kimberly Coyne
Karen Fruscello
Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli
Roberta Herron
Shawn Mitchell
Kimberly Sacco
Joseph Simon
Neil Widrick

Others present:

Christopher Brown
Lori Keevil
Paul Pelton
Ashley Devereaux
Brian Kesel
Anthony Glover
David Cirillo
Anthony Diaz
Brian McAvan
Bill Davern
Sean Fahey
Ken Coon
William Roberge
Ann Henderson
Todd Freeman
Beth Lozier
Eugene Bobey, Jr.
Michael McGrath
Bonnie Russell
Brent Suddaby
T.J. Vaughan
Steve Dunham
Rob Leo
Maura White
Beth Stewart
Tracy Klefbeck
Alex Piczkur
Shannon Coholan
Maggie Linton
Alex Kerr
Katie Spinks
Lisa Craig
Clare Normoyle
Darlene Chapin
Taylor Lathrop
Zachery Zoanetti
Carla Bove
Nate Wade
Max Valentino
Cole Wade
Kayla Capucilli
Lynda Wade
Sherry Roy
Ally Ciarla
Morgan Cappon
Tristan Brown
Caroline Leana
Approximately 9 other staff and/or residents

MEETING CALLED TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President Roberta Herron at 7:00 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

President Herron led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS TO THE AGENDA

None

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The Superintendent opened his remarks by commenting on the success of the Junior Prom. He also spoke about the Art Show, Swing-In, and about the recent “swatting” incident as well as an upcoming half-day for students. He finished by thanking the Board of Education for coming in to appreciate all of the employees.

OPEN FORUM

Gene Bobey spoke of the retirement of Joseph Voll, recognizing the 27 years Joe dedicated to West Genesee Middle School. Those who know Joe, describe him as hard-working, thoughtful, and always willing to help. Joe plans to spend more time fishing, hunting, and going to the casinos, but most of all spending more time with his son and two granddaughters. We wish Joe all the best.

Dr. Brown and the Board of Education recognized the Girls Hockey players for their achievements both on and off the ice. The girls were crowned Section III Champions. The West Genesee participants were Olivia Cox, Katrina Harter, Cecily, Kawejsza, Molly Mahoney, Anne Rubel, Jessica Smith, and Heather Tanzella.

Dr. Brown and the Board of Education recognized students Nate Wade, Cole Wade, Victor Elias, and Devin Earl for their accomplishments in wrestling.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 4, 2018, be approved.

Second: Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli Approved 9 – 0

STUDY SESSION TOPICS

Elementary Libraries – William Roberge and Stephanie Finn shared the work the elementary school librarians have started to infuse the Social Studies inquiries with the research units during library specials.

Policy Presentation – Neil Widrick briefly reviewed the updates to policies #1900, #5151, #6641, and #6700 and new policies #6605, and #6645 that were reviewed by the Policy Committee on April 4, 2018. Paul Pelton, Brian Kesel, and Sean Fahey noted that these modifications and creations are necessary to be in compliance with the new ESSA changes. These policies were reviewed by SED this past week and meet all necessary criteria.

2018-19 Budget Vote – Proposition 4 Update – Dr. Brown gave an overview of Proposition 4 that will be on the May 15, 2018, budget vote ballot. He gave details of what will be included in Phase I of the District safety and security initiatives.

FINANCIAL ACTION ITEMS

B. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the following warrants be approved:

Fund Month Check # Check #
General February 2018 58364 to 58740
General March 2018 58741 to 59030
School Lunch February 2018 304818 to 304838
School Lunch March 2018 304839 to 304860
Federal February 2018 403537 to 403548
Federal March 2018 403549 to 403555
Capital February 2018 – to –
Capital March 2018 – to –
Trust & Agency February 2018 704839 to 704869
Trust & Agency March 2018 704870 to 704906

Second: Neil Widrick Approved 9 – 0

C. Motion: Kimberly Sacco

It is recommended that the following Treasurer’s and Clerk’s reports be approved:

Fund Month Month
General February 2018 and March 2018
School Lunch February 2018 and March 2018
Federal February 2018 and March 2018
Capital February 2018 and March 2018
Trust & Agency February 2018 and March 2018

Second: Kimberly Coyne Approved 9 – 0

D. Motion: Neil Widrick

It is recommended that the following resolution regarding State Environmental Quality Review be approved:

WHEREAS, the West Genesee Central School District (the “District”) Board of Education has considered the impacts to the environment of the following Scope of Work to be completed:

Replacement of the domestic hot water storage tank and associated recirculating pumps, piping, and controls at West Genesee High School. Replacement of the boiler room door at the areaway to facilitate installation, and installation of carbon monoxide detectors, heat detectors, and exit signs as required to meet code requirements.

FINANCIAL ACTION ITEMS

D. SEQR Resolution continued:

WHEREAS, the Board has reviewed the scope of the project and has further received and considered the advice of its Architects with respect to the potential for environmental impacts resulting from the proposed action; and

WHEREAS, the Board has reviewed the Proposed Action with respect to the Type II criteria set forth in 6 NYCRR part 617.5(c), now therefore;
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Education as follows:

1. The Proposed Action does not exceed thresholds established under 6 NYCRR Part 617, State Environmental Quality Review Act, (SEQRA).
2. The Board hereby determines the Proposed Action as a Type II action in accordance with the SEQRA regulations.
3. No further review of the Proposed Action is required under SEQRA.
4. This resolution shall be effective immediately.

Second: Joseph Simon Approved 9 – 0

E. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the following resolution regarding the Declaration of Emergency and of Contingent Expense be approved:

WHEREAS, it was recently discovered that the domestic hot water storage tank at the High School needs to be replaced; and

WHEREAS, the school district has received the opinion from King + King Architects that in order to preserve the life, safety, and wellbeing of the school district students and staff the domestic hot water storage tank and associated recirculating pumps, piping, and controls at the High School should be replaced, and the boiler room door at the areaway should be replaced to facilitate installation, and carbon monoxide detectors, heat detectors, and exit signs should be installed as required to meet code requirements (a copy of the opinion letter is on file in the school business office); and

WHEREAS, the emergency replacement of the domestic hot water storage tank at the High School is essential for the protection of the health and safety of the students and staff and for the protection of the District’s property.

FINANCIAL ACTION ITEMS

E. Declaration of Emergency resolution continued:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:

1. The Board of Education hereby finds pursuant to the Education Law that replacement of the domestic hot water storage tank at the High School is essential for protection of the health and safety of the students and staff and for protection of the District’s property, and hereby declares the Project to be an ordinary contingent expense.

2. The maximum estimated cost of the Project, as determined by King + King Architects, the school district consultant, is One Hundred Fifty Four Thousand Dollars ($154,000.00). The cost shall be paid from the general fund.

3. The Superintendent of Schools and all officers and employees of the District are hereby authorized and directed to take all steps reasonably necessary or appropriate to complete the Project and to carry out the intent of this Resolution and to apply for any eligible state building aid.

4. This Resolution shall take effect immediately.

Second: Kimberly Sacco Approved 9 – 0

F. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the Board of Education authorize an increase in the 2017-18 general fund budget for unemployment insurance expenditures of $2,848.75 for the quarter ending March 31, 2018 to be funded by a transfer from the unemployment reserve fund.

Second: Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli Approved 9 – 0

FINANCIAL ITEM FOR INFORMATION

Moody’s Investors Service – Bond Rating – Paul Pelton gave an overview of the independent rating. The rating noted West Genesee is a Prime 1 level issuer, with an Aa3 rating. The document noted a robust financial position, moderate debt on pension obligations, all while having a fund balance that is below the median average.

PERSONNEL/OPERATIONAL ACTION ITEMS

G. Motion: Kimberly Sacco

It is recommended that the following retirement be approved:

Joseph Voll, Custodial Worker I, West Genesee Middle School –
Effective 6/28/18

Note: Joseph Voll has been employed by the West Genesee Central School District for twenty-seven years.

Second: Neil Widrick Approved 9 – 0

H. Motion: Kimberly Sacco

It is recommended that the following resignation be approved:

Bradley Waite, Maintenance Worker I, Buildings and Grounds –
Effective 4/18/18 – To accept another position within the district

Second: Karen Fruscello Approved 9 – 0

I. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the following unpaid leaves of absence be approved:

Olga Powers, Special Education Teacher, Stonehedge Elementary School/Gold – Effective 5/2/18 through 5/4/18 – Personal Reason

Irina Yevseyeva, Custodial Worker I, West Genesee High School –
Effective 4/30/18 through 5/18/18 – Personal Reason

Pavel Yevseyev, Custodial Worker I, Split Rock Elementary School –
Effective 4/30/18 through 5/30/18 – Personal Reason

Anna Carfagno, Food Service Worker I, Onondaga Central High School –
Effective 5/25/18 through 5/30/18 – Personal Reason

Susan Benetti, Food Service Worker I, West Genesee High School –
Effective 4/20/18 and 5/25/18 – Personal Reason

Second: Kimberly Sacco Approved 9 – 0

J. Motion: Neil Widrick

It is recommended that the following unpaid FMLA leaves of absence be approved:

Emily Bush, Special Education Teacher, East Hill Elementary School –
Effective on or about 6/6/18 through 6/30/18 – Birth of Child

Megan Pareja, AIS Teacher, West Genesee Middle School –
Effective on or about 5/22/18 through 6/30/18 – Birth of Child

Second: Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli Approved 9 – 0

K. Motion: Kimberly Sacco

It is recommended that the following instructional position be created:

One Part-time (.30) ADA-PEP Counselor ST-G

Second: Neil Widrick Approved 9 – 0

L. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the following instructional position be created effective 3/5/18:

One Part-time (.40) School Counselor WGM/ST-G

Second: Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli Approved 9 – 0

M. Motion: Eric Bacon

It is recommended that the following appointments be approved:

Karen Osborne
Speech Teacher
Stonehedge Elementary School/Blue
Regular Substitute Appointment
Certification: Initial, Speech and Language Disabilities, Effective 7/17/14
Tenure Area: Speech
Step 3 B
Effective 4/19/18 through on or about 6/13/18
Salary: $50,758 prorated
Replaces Susan Rozwod, Medical Leave

M. Appointments continued:

Jessica DelGiudice
Special Education Teacher
East Hill Elementary School
Regular Substitute Appointment
Certification: Initial, Childhood Education 1-6, Effective 6/30/15
Tenure Area: Special Education
Step 2 B + 30
Effective on or about 4/30/18 through on or about 6/30/18
Salary: $53,823 prorated
Replaces Emily Bush – Maternity Leave and FMLA approved 4/18/18

Kristin Ryan
School Counselor
West Genesee Middle School
Regular Substitute Appointment
Certification: Permanent, School Counselor, Effective 9/1/10
Tenure Area: School Counselor
Step 3 M
Effective 4/16/18 through on or about 5/31/18
Salary: $55,473 prorated
Replaces Kathleen Weber, Medical Leave approved 4/4/18

Margaret Pesci
School Counselor
West Genesee Middle School/Stonehedge Elementary School/Gold
Part-time (.40) Appointment
Certification: Permanent, School Counselor, Effective 2/1/06
Tenure Area: Guidance Counselor
Step 23 M + 24
Effective 3/5/18 through on or about 6/30/18
Salary: $75,316 x .40 prorated
New position created 4/18/18

Jamie Casullo
Teaching Assistant/Special Education
Stonehedge Elementary School/Blue
Part-time (.90) Appointment
Effective 4/6/18 through 6/30/18
Salary: $21,200 x .90 prorated
New position approved 12/20/17

 

Noelle Pudney
Teaching Assistant/Special Education
Onondaga Road Elementary School
Part-time (.90) Appointment
Effective 4/19/18 through 6/30/18
Salary: $21,200 x .90 prorated
Replaces Daisy Vollmer, Resignation approved 3/21/18

Bradley Waite
Maintenance Worker II
Buildings and Grounds
Full-time Contingent Permanent Appointment –
Subject to a 52-week probationary period
8 hours per day
Effective 4/19/18
Salary: $44,261 prorated
Fills a vacant position

Second: Neil Widrick Approved 9 – 0

N. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the following individuals be approved as summer help for the District’s Technology Program from on or about 4/5/18 through on or about 9/1/18 at a rate of $10.40 per hour:

Katherine Widrick 108 Munro Dr. Camillus, NY 13031

Second: Kimberly Sacco Approved 8 – 0 – 1
Widrick abstained

O. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the substitute list for the 2017-18 school year be approved as stipulated.

Second: Kimberly Coyne Approved 9 – 0

P. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the following Annual Meeting appointment resolution, approved April 4, 2018, be rescinded:

It is recommended that Roberta M. Herron be appointed permanent chairperson of the Public Hearing to be held on May 2, 2018, in lieu of an Annual Meeting, as well as the Annual Meeting, Budget Vote and Election of Board Candidates to be held on May 15, 2018.

Second: Kimberly Sacco Approved 9 – 0

Q. Motion: Kimberly Sacco
It is recommended that Roberta M. Herron be appointed permanent chairperson of the Public Hearing, to be held on May 2, 2018, in lieu of the Annual Meeting.

Second: Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli Approved 9 – 0

R. Motion: Neil Widrick

It is recommended that Shawn J. Mitchell be appointed permanent chairperson of the Annual Meeting, Budget Vote and Election of Board Candidates to be held on May 15, 2018.

Second: Joseph Simon Approved 9 – 0

S. Motion: Kimberly Sacco

It is recommended that the half-day for students on April 20, 2018, be approved.

Second: Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli Approved 9 – 0

CURRICULUM ACTION ITEMS

T. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the Board of Education of the West Genesee Central School District accept the recommendations of the CPSE Review Meeting Dates of March 7, 16, 20, 22, 27, 28, and April 5, 2018; CSE Review Meeting dates of March 29, April 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10, 2018; and Building Level Review meeting dates of March 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 29, April 4, and 5, 2018; thereby agreeing to make necessary arrangements for program implementation.

Second: Kimberly Coyne Approved 9 – 0

PERSONNEL/OPERATIONAL ACTION ITEMS

U. Motion: Eric Bacon

It is recommended that the following trip be approved:

Marching Band
West Genesee High School
Chaperones: 18 (5 staff)
Approximately 170 students
Virginia Beach, Virginia
October 5 – 8, 2018
Cost to the district: 2 – ½ -day substitutes

Second: Neil Widrick Approved 9 – 0

REPORTS

Claims Audit Sub-Committee – Joseph Simon reported that there was a meeting tonight and February and March business was reviewed.

Audit Committee – Roberta Herron noted that the Committee is awaiting the internal audit report.

Policies and Bylaws Committee – Neil Widrick shared that there was a meeting on April 4, 2018, to review the policies that were presented tonight.

Teaching Center – Karen Fruscello invited everyone to Collegial Café on May 3, 2018, at
4:00 p.m. in the High School Library. The Council’s next meeting is May 7, 2018.

Parent Curriculum Information Council – The next meeting is May 7, 2018, and the topics to be discussed are School Counseling Programs and the New Board of Education Policy #1900, Parent and Family Engagement Policy.

Ad Hoc Employee Benefits Committee – Neil Widrick shared that the committee met on April 16, 2018, and discussed Health Cooperative happenings, dependent verification review, employee wellness program opportunities, and Medicare 101 sessions that have been held for current employees. We are looking to hold a summer session for retirees.

SEPTSA – Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli reported that the next meeting is scheduled for May 15, 2018.

OPEN FORUM

Roberta Herron shared that Board of Education members attended the NSBA Conference in San Antonio. She noted the sessions were very informative. She spoke specifically on a Title IX presentation.

Shawn Mitchell gave details of the travels to San Antonio. He noted that he will have a summary of programs he attended at a future meeting.

Kimberly Sacco attended many of the social/emotional studies workshops. They focused on how they are woven it into the general curriculum.

Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli noted that the CTE sessions in San Antonio were great. The growth of that curriculum and change to the way it is expanding is fascinating.

Kimberly Coyne thanked one of the custodians for following entrance procedures.

Joseph Simon noted that the Swing-In program at the High School was awesome.

Eric Bacon shared that on April 12, 2018, he attended the National Letter of Intent signing. He also noted that the NSBA conference was outstanding.

Shawn Mitchell thanked Paul Pelton for the follow-up review of the tax certioraris presented to the Board of Education at the last meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

W. Motion: Joseph Simon

It is recommended that the Regular Session of the Board of Education be adjourned. (8:06 p.m.)

Second: Vladimiro Hart-Zavoli Approved 9 – 0

Respectfully Submitted,

Paul E. Pelton, District Clerk